American missionary Gracia Burnham has made an emotional return to the Philippines to testify against her suspected former kidnappers.
Gracia Burnham came close to tears while giving evidence
Mrs Burnham and her husband Martin were kidnapped with 18 others from a Philippine beach resort in 2001.
Martin Burnham died during a rescue mission by troops in June 2002.
Another American man and several Filipinos were also beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf militants, who held the hostages for ransom.
Mrs Burnham is said to have identified six out of the eight suspects on trial as being her erstwhile captors.
"Gracia gave a very smooth narration of her ordeal. It was
the strongest corroborative evidence," said state prosecutor
The Burnhams were held hostage for more than a year
"She cannot forget them because she ate
and lived with them for almost a year," he said.
Mr Reyes said he had shown her a rusty dog chain used by
the militants to restrain her husband, as well as a pair of blue rubber boots she had worn during her captivity.
Mrs Burnham is said to have come close to tears as she recounted the death of her husband.
An army raid on 7 June 2002 killed Mr Burnham and Filipino
nurse Ediborah Yap, and left Mrs Burnham with a gunshot wound in her thigh.
The eight suspects sat silently during
her three-hour testimony, separated from her by a wooden
They face the death sentence if found guilty of kidnapping for ransom.
The trial began this year and
is not expected to end for several months.
Gracia Burnham has caused controversy since returning to the US, by claiming that Philippine military officials were colluding with her captors.
She made the claim in a book about her experiences called In the Presence of My Enemies.